Some pets are just messier than others -- it's a fact you have to face when you decide whether or not to keep your furry friend. If you have the bad fortune to get a dog or cat that frequently soils your carpet and other surfaces around your home, there are ways you can still be a frugal pet owner while thoroughly cleaning up after your pet. Try some of these cheap solutions to get rid of those unwanted stains and smells!
Homemade carpet cleaner is a great all-purpose tool to have, pets or not. And when your carpet gets grubby from the constant deluge of pet hair and paws (and the dirt those track in), it's good to have a way to get the carpet back to cleanliness without paying exorbitant cleaner fees. Mix together white vinegar and baking soda together to create a paste, then, using an old toothbrush, scrub the paste into spots on the carpet. If you need to use a steam cleaner instead, you can mix together equal parts white vinegar and warm water and pour that into the cleaner in lieu of a chemical solution.
Is your home starting to smell like your pet? Use white vinegar as a frugal air freshener to make your home smell like it should again. Fill a misting spray bottle with white vinegar and spritz it in the locations that are smelling a little foul; the acetic acid in the vinegar will absorb the odors and fade quickly, so your house won't smell like vinegar. If the smells are more localized on a stain or object, you can soak a rag in vinegar and wipe down the offending item.
Some pets go so far as to pee on the carpet, and then you're left worrying about the urine smell! Try this homemade dog urine stain removal mixture. First, if you find the stain while it is still fresh, absorb as much of the urine as possible with a rag or bunch of paper towels. Then mix together equal parts warm water and white vinegar and work this solution into the stain with a scrub brush; absorb the excess moisture, then sprinkle baking soda over the spot. In a cup, mix together 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with a teaspoon of plain liquid dishwashing detergent, and then slowly pour this over the area once it has dried. Make sure to wear rubber gloves, and work in this solution and the remaining baking soda with your fingers. Vacuum thoroughly once the area has dried.
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